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U.S. Olympic Entertainment Honored

U.S. Olympic Entertainment, the Entertainment Properties Division of the United States Olympic Committee, received several honors from The Communicator Awards 2004 Video Competition.

The Communicator Awards are presented annually for outstanding work in the communication field. The awards are an international competition judged by industry professionals who look for a standard of excellence in the entries.

The Crystal Award of Excellence, the highest honor, was given to USOEP for the video “Athletes First.” The piece was filmed at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center and combined intense training footage with athlete interviews. The video was created for the 2003 USOC Sponsor Workshop to showcase the mission of the CSOTC. It was written and produced by Bobbi Zapp, production manager, with editing and graphics by Andy Goyne, post production editor. Only 14 percent of the 2,937 entries received the Crystal Award.

USOEP also received the Award of Distinction for the “2004 Hall of Fame Broadcast” and an honorable mention for the video “Look to Athens.”

After an 11-year hiatus, the 2004 Hall of Fame Broadcast highlighted the USOC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Keith Allo, chief of entertainment properties and brand marketing, was executive producer for the made-for-television awards show gala, which featured athletes from U.S. Olympic history.

“Look to Athens” was also created for the 2003 Sponsor Workshop by Zapp and Goyne. It combined historic Olympic footage with current athlete training footage and provided a look at the success of the U.S. Olympic Team during the 2000 Sydney Games.

Nomination requested for Springs Youth Challenge

Young people between the ages of 13 -19 are being asked to submit nominations to recognize the person who has been the most influential mentor in their life. The Springs Youth Challenge Mentoring Award will recognize individuals in the Pikes Peak region who are committed to teen mentoring.

The award will be presented by Mayor Lionel Rivera on March 10 at the Mayor’s Salute to Leadership. The event, a breakfast fundraiser for Springs Youth Challenge, will be at the Antlers Hilton.

Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 14. Nomination forms can be obtained by contacting Springs Youth Challenge at 634-1474.

Springs Youth Challenge is Colorado Springs primary leadership organization for area students. Founded in January 2004 Springs Youth Challenge prepares high school students for community leadership through interactive experiences with civic, business and service organizations and leaders.

Seventy five students from Air Academy, Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs Christian, Doherty, Pine Creek High, Sierra, St. Mary’s and Wasson High Schools are participating in the Springs Youth Challenge program. During the 2005-2006 school year the program will expand to operate in ten high schools serving over 100 Colorado Springs students.

For additional information about the Mayor’s Salute or Springs Youth Challenge please contact Margaret Foster, executive director at 634-1474.

Leadership consulting firm opens Springs office

Wisdom Works Group is opening an office at 219 W. Colorado Ave in the Trestle Building. An open house is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Feb 3.

Wisdom Works provides leadership coaching, training and action learning services.

Local bison ranch lassos national title

Black Forest Bison Co. captured the National Bison Association’s Grand Champion award for the Best Bison Jerky at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. The event was judged by celebrity chef Paul James, star of HGTV’s “Home Grown Cooking.”

Black Forest’s Gunsmoke Bison Jerky is all-natural and hand made at the company’s retail store on Woodmen Road.

Midwest Printery acquires AGP Digital Graphics

Midwest Printery has acquired AGP Digital Graphics, forming a company whose employees have more than 100 years of combined graphics, printing and digital prepress experience.

Midwest has been in business for 30 years.